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Joanna Fryer

Email: j.fryer@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7125

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

UCL History has a number of Overseas Studentships for Master's programmes, for which students applying for the Dutch Golden Age MA may be considered (applications must be received by 1 April).

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Contributing departments

Contributing Departments
History of Art

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

65% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Dutch Golden Age MA

The Dutch Golden Age MA is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the history and culture of the Netherlands in the early modern period, focusing on the Dutch Republic during its 17th-century efflorescence. Jointly offered by UCL, King's College, and the Courtauld Institute, the programme draws on the full range of resources and expertise in London for study of this subject.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This interdisciplinary programme combines three fields; history, art history, and Dutch language and literature. It aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of the political, economic, cultural and religious history of the Netherlands in the period ca. 1550–1700.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Students benefit from London's extraordinary resources, including major collections of Dutch and Flemish Art. The British Library, within walking distance of UCL, houses the largest collection of Dutch books anywhere outside the Low Countries.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three or four core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and the research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Research Skills Seminar
  • Dutch Language or Literature (appropriate to student's level in Dutch)
  • Either two modules on Dutch History:
  • From Renaissance to Republic: The Netherlands c. 1555–1609
  • Paris and Amsterdam in the 17th Century (King's College)
  • Or one module on the history of Dutch art, e.g.
  • Dutch Genre Painting
  • Making and Meaning in 17th-century Netherlandish Art (Courtauld Institute of Art)
  • Bodies of Knowledge (Courtauld Institute of Art)
  • *In some years The Dutch Golden Age will be offered in place of the two history modules listed above


  • Either From Renaissance to Republic: The Netherlands c. 1555–1609
  • or Paris and Amsterdam in the 17th Century
  • Or an early modern European history or art history module offered
  • by UCL or another UoL college, e.g.
  • Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
  • Signs, Mind and Society: Early Modern Theories of Language
  • The Body between Art and Science
  • Golden Age Kingship: Theory and Practice
  • Transformation of Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe
  • Ritual in Early Modern Society (King's College)
  • New Perspectives in Early Modern Religion (King's College)
  • European Expansion: Ethnic Prejudices and Civil Rights (King's College)
  • Tranformations of the Self: Renaissance to Enlightenment (Queen Mary)
  • Material Culture of Domestic Life: European Households 1400–1800 (Royal Holloway)


All students undertake an independent research project based on 16th and/or 17th-century (primary) resources, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught on an interdepartmental basis, and takes the form of lectures, small-group seminars and individual tutorials. Through the research skills seminar students will visit various libraries and collections, in particular the Institute for Historical Research, British Library, and Warburg Institute. Assessment is through written coursework essays and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. The programme can accommodate beginners as well as advanced speakers of Dutch.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in a relevant arts, humanities or social science discipline. Prior knowledge of the Dutch language is not required; depending on their linguistic skills, students will be placed in one of three language/literature courses and trained in the reading of Dutch texts.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Dutch Golden Age at graduate level
  • why you want to study Dutch Golden Age at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include: East Side Community Heritage: Volunteer, Warburg Institute, University of London: Research Degree Art History and University of Amsterdam: PhD Golden Age in Dutch Art.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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